Okay, so I am an RD applicant to Duke and have not yet been accepted, but I am quite interested in the University. I have had my alum interview (which went very well!) and have done quite a bit of research online and spoken with current students. I am visiting this spring break (road trip!) and am wondering if anyone here could give me input on how minorities are treated and how they feel on the Duke campus?
Let me give you some background --> I am 1/2 American Indian and am an involved member of my tribe. From my interview, I know there aren't many Native undergrads (he in fact said this might help me get admitted) and most Native applicants come from North Carolina. Unlike Stanford (my other top choice) it seems like there isn't a very established Native community, but that is something that I would be willing to work on if I went there! Again from my interview, I know diversity at Duke has improved a lot (at least since he attended) and they are quite proud of this fact. I also saw that there are currently 15 American Indian undergrads at Duke. Ay. haha, but, just curious, how do you think being part of the Duke community would be for me? As there are so few Natives even in the US, I am used to being a minority (though I have always been accepted and respected by people here in Minnesota), but am just curious as to how minorities are treated at Duke? People say that at Vandy there is a certain amount of "self-segregation".....is this a practice at Duke as well?